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Douglas Miller


Research Interests

Habitat mapping and species distribution modeling using robotics and statistical models

Distribution and functioning of hard-bottom benthic communities

Benthic communities as a time machine: revealing historical trends across multiple surveys



Ph.D., Oceanography, University of Washington, 1985.

M.S., Oceanography, University of Washington, 1981.

B.S., Biology, University of Notre Dame, 1979.


Selected Publications

Please email me for .pdf files of these publications:

Raineault, N.A., Trembanis, A.C., Miller, D.C. and Capone, V. 2013. Interannual changes in seafloor surficial geology at an artificial reef site on the inner continental shelf. Continental Shelf Research 58:67-78.

Raineault, N.A., Trembanis, A.C. and Miller, D.C. 2011.  Mapping  benthic habitats in Delaware  Bay and the coastal Atlantic: Acoustic techniques provide greater coverage and high resolution in complex, shallow-water environments.  Estuaries and Coasts doi:10.1007/s12237-011-9457-8.

Brown, J.R. and Miller, D.C.  2011.   Persistence and distribution of temperate intertidal worm reefs in Delaware  Bay: A comparison of biological and physical  factors.  Est. Coasts 34:583-596.

Tilburg, C.E., Dittel, A.I., Miller, D.C. and Epifanio, C.E.  2011.  Transport  and retention of the mitten crab (Eirocheir sinensis) in a Mid-Atlantic estuary: Predictions from a larval transport model.  J. Mar. Res. 69:137-165.

Wehmiller, J.F. Thieler, E.R., Miller, D., Pellerito, V., Bakeman Keeney, V., Riggs, S.R., Culver, S., Mallinson, D., Farrell, K.M., York, L.L., Pierson, J., and Parham, P.R. 2010.  Aminostratigraphy of surface and subsurface Quaternary se dime nts, North Carolina coastal  plain, USA. Quat. Geochronol. 5:459-492.

Dale, R.K. and D.C. Miller. 2008.  Hydrologic interactions  of infaunal  polychaetes and intertidal groundwater discharge . Mar. Ecol. Progr. Ser. 363:205-215.

Cowart, D.A., Ulrich, P.N., Miller, D.C. and Marsh, A.G. 2008.  Salinity sensitivity of early embryos of the Antarctic  sea urchin,  Sterechinus neumayeri.  Polar Biol. 32:435-441.

Dale, R.K. and D.C. Miller. 2007.  Spatial and temporal  patterns of salinity and temperature at an intertidal groundwater se p. Est. Coast. Shelf Sci. 72:283-298.

Pilditch, C.A. and D. C. Miller. 2006.  Phytoplankton deposition to permeable sediments under oscillatory flow: effects of ripple  geometry and resuspension. Cont. Shelf Res. 26:1806-1825.

Miller, D.C. and W.J. Ullman. 2004.  Ecological consequences of groundwater discharge  to Delaware Bay. Ground Water Journal. Ground Water-Oceans Issue 42(7):959-970.

Ullman, W.J., B. Chang, D.C. Miller and J.A. Madsen. 2003.  Groundwater mixing, nutrient diagenesis, and discharges across  a sandy beachface , Cape  Henlopen, Delaware  (USA). Est. Coast. Shelf Sci. 57:539-552.

Miller, D.C., C.L. Muir and O.A. Hauser. 2002.  Detrimental e ffects of sedimentation on marine benthos: what can be learned from natural processes and rates? Ecol. Eng. 19:211-232.

Miller, D.C., A. Norkko and C.A. Pilditch. 2002. Influence of diet on dispersal of horse mussel Atrina zelandica biodeposits. Mar. Ecol. Progr. Ser. 242:153-167.

Bock, M.J. and D.C. Miller. 1999.  Particle selectivity, gut volume, and the response to a step change in diet for d posit-feeding polychaetes. Limnol. Oceanogr. 44:1132-1138.

Karrh, R.R. and D.C. Miller. 1996.  Effect of flow and sediment transport on feeding rate of a surface-deposit feeder, Saccoglossus kowalevskii. Mar. Ecol. Progr. Ser. 130:125-134.

MacIntyre, H.L., R.J. Geider and D.C. Miller. 1996.  Microphytobenthos: The ecological  role of the "Secret Garden" of unvegetated, shallow-water marine  habitats.  I. Distribution, abundance and primary production. Estuaries 19:186-201.

Miller, D.C., R. J. Geider and H. L. MacIntyre. 1996.  icrophytobenthos: the ecological role of the "Secret Garden" of unveg tated, shallow-water marine  habitats.  II. Role in sediment stability and shallow-water food webs. Estuaries 19:202-212.



• Marine Ecology


CEOE School & Departments

School of Marine Science & Policy

Advancing the understanding, stewardship, and conservation of estuarine, coastal, and ocean environments.

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Department of Geological Sciences

Discovering how geological processes have operated over various time scales to create and influence the planet’s surface environments.

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Department of Geography

Investigating the interactions between people and the environment and the processes that explain the location of human and natural phenomena.

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